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Rachel Dolezal Begins Press Tour for Her Book Thanks to Big Media Giving Her the Time of Day

In the interviews done so far, Rachel Dolezal reveals how she got the name 'Nkechi' and how she will start her book tour in South Africa.

*Channels my inner Nigerian mother*


This Rachel Dolezal of a person has come again.

And the media big wigs aren't helping. At all.

Everyone's favorite confused, delusional troll began promoting her book doing interviews with BBC Newsnight, The New York Times and Vice so far—and it's only Tuesday.

There's this fine line, or spectrum of sorts, between wanting to make the public aware of foolishness and just straight clickbait trolling. These entities are willing to risk quite a bit for the sake of impressions and ratings. Think piece after think piece ever since her biological parents exposed her, I think we've all made it very clear that we don't rock with her in any capacity. So, why are we continuing to give her a platform to spew nonsense?

In her sit-down with The New York Times, she's taken the time to address quite a bit and answer questions from viewers (yessss to all the scathing ones), including how she got the name Nkechi. She claims it was given to her by the Igbo tribe in Nigeria, and that she intended to keep it private.

"A representative from that tribe reached just to say that 'we recognize you for being yourself,"' she says. "From his perspective he said 'you have a high frequency Nubian soul...and you are sent here from the gods to traumatize white supremecy.' It was a very bold statement."

Firstly, whose uncle deemed it upon himself to speak for an entire ethnic group? If this is indeed the truth, he should know better and recognize (rather, remember) how serious naming a person, especially when a child is born, is. It's not just an important aspect of Igbo culture, but in African culture in general.

In response to a question asking if she thinks the exposure she's gotten has done any good, and gone towards increasing conversations about race in America, she says:

"People have been thinking about how we racialize and how we categorize—and I'll actually be doing my first signing in South Africa, where a group is launching a quest for a non-racial South African society and really believes that we can self-define and self-determine, and somebody can represent as Khoi-San without necessarily labeling or being labeled as black, or African in general, but as Khoi-San because it's a very specific cultural affiliation and identity."

Yet again, I was thrown all the way off by this, and I could write a thesis as to why this not only makes no sense, as well as why she really needs to go have several seats. I need my folks over at Mzani to get their kin, because making a quick buck at the expense of selling your own people out is ridiculous.

How can she take the legacy of those who fought for the South African struggle and turn it upside down to fit her la-la land of a world? How can she oversimplify being 'transracial' and 'living in a non-racial society' where it comes down to choice, when there are still systems in place on the continent and all over the world that are remnants of racism, colonialism and even apartheid; when people are still dying, in 2017, over the color of their skin?

If you can stomach it, watch the full ordeal below.

It's high time we quit it with checking for her, and that starts with these platforms that we hold at high esteem.

If you really want to support actual black women who are doing great things and writing amazing books, check out how via the hashtag on Twitter: #ActualBlackWomen.

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#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.



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